Malayalam short film 'Keni - The Otherkin' won the Best Short Film - India (August) award in the Indo French International Film Festival (IFIFF) 2021. The short film directed by Sajesh Mohan also received an 'Official Entry' at the Mumbai 9th Indian Cine Film Festival-21.
The film had earlier won the Outstanding Achievement and Best SFX awards at the Madras Independent Film Festival and had received a 'Special Mention' at the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival 2021.
'Keni - The Otherkin' dwells mainly on patriarchy and mental health.
Writer-director Sajesh, who is a lead producer at Onmanorama.com, has adopted a unique story-telling approach to weave in the politics of gender and different manifestations of mental depression giving the movie a fresh stimulus.
Padmakumar Kochukuttan and Dr Jeena Shaji are in the lead roles in the movie produced by the latter under the banner of First Show Films Productions.
The film edited by Abhilash Balachandran has music by duo Veetraag and Sangeeth Pavithran. Anish P Tom has handled the audiography of the sync-sound film. Basil Shaji is the associate director and Toni George is the cinematographer of the short film that has brought together a group of debutants, including the director, and professionals.